Development: Even More DML!
Last Modified: 2002-05-18T07:00Z
After about 3 months without any real progress or updates, DeZine is back! The first thing I've got ready for you is DML v1.9. This is just a bugfix release, but it fixes all of the bugs that I know of. It may very well be the last release of the DML v1.x project! If you like DML, or you're a webmaster who is forced to work with static HTML files (as I am) and haven't heard of DML, be sure to go and check out DML!
So now with DML basically done, I've got a few options. The first thing I can try is to re-design DeZine. The layout never was very special and now I'm just getting tired of it. Besides, I've been wanting to put the entire site into DML for quite a while now. I've got an attractive layout all ready to go, just a matter of re-formatting and re-writing a lot of content. This would take a while, but would probably be worth it in the long run.
However, I've recently been thinking about creating an entirely new language (based on the current DML) that would be object-oriented and would allow the content of a page to be stored in a hierarchy of DML objects. These objects could then be "rendered" into HTML files using certain rules. (This might be like XML/XSL/all those other W3C standards, but I really think those formats are confusing, bloated, and useless =). DML2 (that's what I'd call it, probably) would allow for a page's content to be completely separated from its layout. The current DML just makes keeping site-wide styles easy.
Then of course there's Falling Block Game. I'm sure I could finish this project in short order, but if I release it, I want to have a nice-looking web page, which means I'd have to do all of the above first. That project just keeps getting stuff piled on top of it =)
So that's what's on my plate currently. I'm leaning towards making DML2 just because it'd be awesome. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens =)